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Julia Haizelden

BSc (Hons) Construction Management
Graduated 2019

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Tell us about your job role

I’m a design manager so my main role is managing design teams to complete a project in the best way possible. I could be driving to site for design team meetings with architects and engineers or, depending on the stage a project is at, working in the office on drawings and making sure they are compliant. I also work on bids and tenders to win more work, and check projects to make sure they are financially viable in terms of buildability.

Every year, what I learnt at university I'd then go out and use in the workplace which really aided my development.

What's next for you?

I had been studying part-time for five years while working full-time, so having completed my degree I am focusing on continuing my development and progression at work and look to achieve CIOB chartered membership.

What tips would you give to future construction students?

Ask questions! If you are unsure of anything, the best thing to do is ask – especially when it comes to assignments, to make sure you write what is expected of you. Also, don’t leave anything to the last minute – it’s useful to be able to show your work to your lecturer regularly – and weeks in advance of your submission date – to ensure you’re on the right track and can make any necessary changes, so that you get the best mark you possibly can.